Geographe overview map

The Geographe Bay catchment is located approximately 250 km south of Perth in the south west of Western Australia. Its catchment area covers approximately 2,000 km2 and lies within the boundaries of four local government authorities, mainly in the City of Busselton and Shire of Capel with small portions lying in the Donnybrook-Balingup and Augusta-Margaret River Shires. Towns within the catchment include Capel, Kirup and Dunsborough, with Busselton being the main urban centre.

The Geographe Bay catchment is in high demand for residential, recreational, agricultural, industrial and commercial activities. These uses, combined with a rapidly increasing population, are adversely affecting the natural environment with resultant land and water degradation.


Lifestyles Lifestyles

The Geographe Bay catchment is a mix of industrial, urban, rural and environmental land uses. The towns vary in size with the major urban centre being Busselton and growing townsites of Capel, Dalyellup and Dunsborough. The majority of the catchment’s population resides in the City of Busselton and Capel and as such these local government areas will be used to describe the population dynamics of the catchment. Read more.



The main physical features of the Geographe Bay catchment are the escarpment backdrop (and source of catchment headwaters) formed by the Darling and Whicher Ranges and the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge overlooking the southern Swan Coastal Plain; wetlands and watercourses; and the shoreline and bay, between Rocky Point and the Five Mile Brook Diversion. Read more.        

Livelihoods Livelihoods

The Geographe Bay catchment is an important productive agricultural area with agriculture having been the predominant economic mainstay with over half of the catchment used for this purpose. However, economic prosperity in the state, combined with a strong local tourism industry and the area’s popularity as a ‘sea change’ location, has led to substantial population growth in the catchment in recent years. Read more.


ClimateChangeClimate change and the catchment

Workshops were conducted across the SW NRM Region between March to June 2014 and explored how community members and NRM professionals define their catchment; what changes they have noticed; and how they believe a changing climate will affect their lifestyles, livelihoods and the landscapes they live in. The full report can be found here. Through the discussions of the workshops, changes to the systems beyond climate change were raised and included in the visual representations found here. It was important to capture the discussion of the whole system and its values.


Who’s on the ground?

To find out about current and past projects and partners Read more.


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Regional Priorities

To discover more about the regional priorities identified within the Geographe Bay catchment; click on the pictures below.